My daughter has been playing Minecraft enthusiastically for more than a year now. Of course, my first thought as a programmer Mom was that this was my chance to rope her into programming. “Game mods!” I thought to myself, were the way so many people who started programming young got into it. She and I
This week I started reading Aaron Hillegaas’ Cocoa book. Learning Objective-C is a bit confusing – all the ’s and @’s, etc – but not too bad. It reminds me a lot of Smalltalk if you used a salt shaker to sprinkle some C on top of it. What I think I really need to
It’s been a while since I’ve worked on my game programming hobby, but I have not given up! This is just a hiatus while I do actual paying work. That beginning game programming book really served well for its purpose. Now my next goal is to make a copy of an existing game from scratch.
I picked up right where I left off before in my beginning game programming book. I just modified the book’s Frogger-type game with a chicken instead of a frog. Keith made some mean chicken and car bitmap graphics for it. I think it looks great. I’m working on learning game programming like a job. But
I’m still plugging away with the games. I’ve taken a detour to learn how to create games with Flash. I’m reading ActionScript 3.0 Game Programming University by Gary Rosenzweig. I just created my first game – a memory/matching game – just like the first game in my other game programming book. My biggest issue with
Well, it’s actually an example from the game programming book I’m working through, but I made a lot of changes to it to really dig into the programming. So it’s “my first game for which I’ve ever done some programming.” That works. And there were two games, really: a memory game, and a two player
It seems that every geeky programmer goes through a stage where they learn game programming. For one reason or another – most likely that I have never in my life had very much free time for playing games – I never went through that stage. Suddenly, many years post-adolescence, I have gotten the bug. We’re